We are about to book a quick trip somewhere on Maya Riviera like Catalonia Royal Tulum, which we like not because it's an AI but because of the beach.
However several people have told us that as independent travelers, we would really like Isla Mujeres better.
My question is - what is north beach really like for swimming? Is it rocky enough to warrant water shoes? Is it rough or calm? Long enough to walk uninterrupted for 30-45 minutes?
We don't expect miles and miles of white sand but the calm water and soft sand is essential. We basically like to sit under an umbrella all day and wander out for the occasional swim.
And IM is a reasonable alternative, which hotel would you recommend that is on the beach? Privilege?
Any input is appreciated.